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1 The Rise to Power of Adolf Hitler


3 THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC In November of 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated (died 1941). German leaders drafted a constitution in the city of Weimar (vy mahr). It created a democratic government known as the Weimar Republic. The constitution set up a parliamentary system led by a chancellor, or prime minister, who worked in conjunction with a president, a cabinet and the Reichstag (parliament). It gave women the vote and included a bill of rights.

4 Trouble in the Weimar Republic
Versailles Treaty – harsh conditions blamed on the “November Criminals” of the Weimar government Many small parties – which paralyzed the political process, making reform slow Depression: unemployment, debt, and hyperinflation

5 Weimar President Paul von Hindenburg 1847 - 1934


7 Month Marks needed to buy one US dollar Year 1919 April 12 December 47
December 47 1921 November 263 1922 July 493 August 1,000 October 3,000 7,000 1923 January 17,000 24,000 353,000 4,621,000 September 98,860,000 25,260,000,000 2,193,600,000,000 4,200,000,000,000

One of the first problems that the Weimar Republic faced was Hyperinflation. Money became so worthless that children could play with stacks of it. People's savings were wiped out causing widespread discontent and civil unrest.

9 THE NAZI PARTY National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP)
Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei Founded in 1919 as the German Workers Party Veteran and malcontent, Adolf Hitler joined and quickly became a leader of the party Brown Shirts (Storm Troopers) were used to terrorize and intimidate opponents (much like Mussolini’s Black Shirts) Were dissatisfied with the Weimar Government which they saw as weak and ineffective



12 Attempted overthrow of the government in Bavaria, Germany
BEER HALL PUTSCH – MUNICH 1923 Attempted overthrow of the government in Bavaria, Germany Hitler wanted this to be like Mussolini’s March on Rome, but it failed miserably Hitler was arrested and sent to prison – it seemed as if his political career was ended

13 Adolf Hitler in Landsberg prison
Hitler's attempt to overthrow the government in November 1923, the so-called Beer Hall Putsch, led German authorities to try—unsuccessfully—to deport the Nazi leader to his native Austria. Hitler served only a short sentence for high treason; after his release he was prohibited from speaking at public gatherings in Bavaria until


15 While in prison, Hitler wrote Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”)
While in prison, Hitler wrote Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”). It would later become the basic book of Nazi goals and ideology. Mein Kampf reflected Hitler’s obsessions—extreme nationalism, racism, and anti-Semitism. Germans, he said, belonged to a superior “master race” of Aryans, or light-skinned Europeans, whose greatest enemies were the Jews. Hitler’s ideas were rooted in a long tradition of anti-Semitism. In the Middle Ages, Christians persecuted Jews because of their different beliefs. The rise of nationalism in the 1800s caused people to identify Jews as ethnic outsiders. Hitler viewed Jews not as members of a religion but as a separate race. (He defined a Jew as anyone with one Jewish grandparent.) Echoing a familiar right-wing theme, he blamed Germany’s defeat in World War I on a conspiracy of Marxists, Jews, corrupt politicians, and business leaders. In his recipe for revival, Hitler urged Germans everywhere to unite into one great nation. Germany must expand, he said, to gain Lebensraum (lay buns rowm), or living space, for its people. Slavs and other inferior races must bow to Aryan needs. To achieve its greatness, Germany needed a strong leader, or Führer (fyoo rur). Hitler was determined to become that leader.

16 The Nazi Party gradually gains more
Seats in the Reichstag. Although not a majority, President von Hindenburg cannot ignore the Nazis or the “little corporal” as he calls Hitler. Adolf Hitler after the successful election in1930.

17 January 30th of 1933: Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany
January 30th of 1933: Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany. Paul Von Hindenburg tried to keep Hitler out of office. But Germany was tired of chaos, and opted for disaster in stead.

18 REICHSTAG FIRE: February 27, 1933
This fire was orchestrated by Nazi Party members and blamed on the Communists. This helped solidify the power of the Nazis in the Government.


20 When Hindenburg died in 1934, Hitler
assumed all the power in the Government. He preferred the title Der Führer.


22 Hitler with two children who possess ideal Aryan characteristics


24 Hermann Göring, Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, President of the Reichstag, Prime Minister of Prussia, Plenipotentiary for the Implementation of the Four Year (economic) Plan, and designated successor to Hitler.

25 Joseph Goebbels, Propaganda Minister

26 Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer-SS, chief of the German Police

27 Nazi Deputy Rudolf Hess



30 Long Live Germany – 1930s


32 The autobahn freeway system quickly became a symbol of Nazi Germany
The autobahn freeway system quickly became a symbol of Nazi Germany. Its construction was seen as a major element of Germany's economic resurgence under Hitler, and was compared with the projects of Roosevelt's New Deal.

33 Hitler in a crowd in August of 1914.

34 Adolf Hitler (shown left-under x) during World War I with fellow German soldiers. The dog had the name Fuchsl and was actually Hitler's pet during the war until it was stolen from him. (Photo credit: U.S. National Archives)

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